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Leonard Ernest BLIGHT

Regimental number1679
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationHorse driver
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 3.25"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinMother, Ms Alice May Blight, Logan Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 76th Bn, Senior Cadets; rejected for enlistment in the Citizen Military Forces on account of chest measurement.
Enlistment date25 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 August 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1679A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Discharge date22 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 10 January 1916; disembarked Suez, 9 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 48th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Found guilty, Serapeum, 6 April 1916, of neglect of duty in failing to rise at Reveille: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (no further details of wound recorded); admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station, 7 August 1916; transferred to 1st Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 14 August 1916; to 5th Convalescent Depot, 16 August 1916; discharged to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 24 November 1916.

Allotted letter 'A' to regimental number owing to duplication.

Rejoined 48th Bn, in the field, 22 December 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 16 June 1917 (venereral disease: gonorrhoea), and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 7th Convalescent Depot, 17 June 1917, and transferred same day by Ambulance Train No 18 to 39th General Hospital, Havre; marched in to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 10 September 1917. Admitted to 39th General hospital, Havre, 12 September 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 15 November 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 65 days.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 14 February 1918 (appendicitis); transferred to England, 14 February 1918, and admitted to Northamptonshire War Hospital, Duston, 15 February 1918 (appendicitis: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 4 March 1918; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 8 March 1918.

Found guilty, Hurdcott, 27 March 1918, of creating a nuisance in the lines: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Found guilty, 18 May 1918, of being absent without leave from 8.30 am, 10 May, till noon, 14 May 1918: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay; total forfeiture: 10 days' pay.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 25 May 1918.

Declared to be illegally absent by Court of Enquiry, Sutton Veny, 11 July 1918.

Found guilty, District Court Martial, Longbridge Deverill, 8 August 1918, of being absent without leave from 18 June 1918 till 22 July 1918: awarded forfeiture of 40 days' pay; total forfeiture: 81 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 August 1918.

Declared an illegal absentee by Court of Enquiry, Rouelles, 10 September 1918.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 24 September 1918 (scabies); marched in to Assistant Provost Marshal, Havre, 27 October 1918.

Tried by Field General Court Martial on charge of (1) desertion from 0800, 18 August, till 1000, 10 September 1918, (2) resisting an escort: found guilty on both charges: awarded penal servitude.

Admitted to 3rd Military Prison, Havre, 20 November 1918; transferred to England, 4 February 1919, to undergo sentence; sentence suspended, 25 April 1919.

Marched in to No 5 Group, Weymouth, 28 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 12 May 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 29 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 22 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 September 1930
Age at death34
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLIGHT Leonard Ernest

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